PASCO 2010 will take place in the city of Grenoble, France. Grenoble is the capital of the department of Isère, with about 157,000 inhabitants — 550,000 taking into account the metropolitan area. It is located in a valley surrounded by nearby mountains (the Chartreuse Mountains to the north, the Belledonne range to the east, and the Vercors Plateau to the west and south) that make Grenoble known as being the "Capital of Alps".
For touristic and practical information about Grenoble, please visit the following websites: Grenoble Tourism Office (in English and French), Isère Tourism Office (in English, French, and Dutch), and the city official website (in French).
Unfortunately, engineering works are planned during the period of the conference and a bus replaces the tramway in part of the journey. This map shows the area affected by the works.
From the main train station (Gares station), take the bus called Navette Travaux. The buses and its stations are indicated by blue totems with the logo . Take the bus direction Verdun-Préfecture and get down at the terminus (Verdun-Préfecture station) — this bus also stops at Docteur Mazet and Victor Hugo stations. From this station, there are two alternatives:
From downtown, the easier option is to walk to Sainte Claire-Les Halles station and then take the tramway line B direction Gières – Plaine des Sports. Walking distance to this station is about 3 minutes from place Grenette and 7 minutes from Victor Hugo station.
The tickets must be bought in advance in one of the vending machines available in every tramway station. The same ticket can be used on both buses and tramways and are valid for one hour.
ISSAC 2010 will take place at the Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany, right after PASCO (July 25 - 28, 2010). If you are planning to go to ISSAC, there are daily direct flights to Munich departing from Lyon Saint-Exupéry and Geneva airports.
Tip: even if you are not coming back to Lyon after ISSAC, sometimes round-trip or multi-city flights are cheaper than one-way flights.